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Legendary Rockers KISS Announce Dates For Second Leg of ‘End Of The Road Tour’

Legendary Rockers KISS Announce Dates For Second Leg of ‘End Of The Road Tour’

After selling more than half a million tickets at their initial on sale, KISS announced the second leg of their final tour ever set for 2019, appropriately named END OF THE ROAD. The initial tour announcement was made at Halloween and featured a first set of dates, some of which sold out instantly.  The band announced today the second leg of the tour in North America starting this summer, produced by Live Nation, as well as new international markets being announced simultaneously.  Tour itinerary detailed below with new dates in red; KISS will be offering VIP experiences and special KISS Army fan presales.

KISS Meet & Greet Experiences will be available Tuesday, November 27 at 10am local time through kissonline.com.  KISS Army fan club presales will begin Wednesday, November 28 at 9am local time. Visit www.kissonline.com for more information.  Tickets to the general public will go on sale starting Monday, December 3 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable,” said KISS.

TOUR ITINERARY

**newly announced dates in red below

Date City Venue
January 31, 2019 Vancouver, BC, Canada Rogers Arena
February 1, 2019 Portland, OR Rose Garden Moda Center
February 2, 2019 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
February 4, 2019 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
February 7, 2019 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
February 8, 2019 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
February 9, 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
February 12, 2019 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
February 13, 2019 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
February 15, 2019 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
February 16, 2019 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
February 19, 2019 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
February 20, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
February 22, 2019 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
February 23, 2019 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
February 26, 2019 Oklahoma City Chesapeake
February 27, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 1, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
March 2, 2019 Chicago, IL United Center
March 4, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
March 6, 2019 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
March 7, 2019 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
March 9, 2019 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
March 10, 2019 Moline, IL Mark of the Quad Cities
March 12, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
March 13, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
March 16, 2019 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
March 17, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
March 19, 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada Bell Centre
March 20, 2019 Toronto, ON, Canada Air Canada Centre
March 22, 2019 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 23, 2019 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 26, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 27, 2019 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
March 29, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 30, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
April 2, 2019 Quebec City, QC, Canada Videotron Centre
April 3, 2019 Ottawa, ON, Canada Canadian Tire Centre
April 6, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
April 7, 2019 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
April 9, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 11, 2019 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
April 12, 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 13, 2019 Birmingham, AL BJCC
August 6, 2019 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
August 8, 2019 Charleston, NC North Charleston Coliseum
August 10, 2019 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
August 11, 2019 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
August 13, 2019 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
August 14, 2019 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 16, 2019 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
August 17, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
August 20, 2019 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
August 21, 2019 Hershey, PA HersheyPark Stadium
August 23, 2019 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
August 24, 2019 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 27, 2019 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
August 29, 2019 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
August 31, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
September 1, 2019 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 3, 2019 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
September 5, 2019 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
September 7, 2019 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center
September 8, 2019 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
September 9, 2019 Houston, TX Toyota Center
September 11, 2019 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
September 12, 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
September 14, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
September 16, 2019 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena

 

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Rock Legends KISS Announce Dates For ‘End Of The Road Tour’

Rock Legends KISS Announce Dates For ‘End Of The Road Tour’

After an epic and storied 45 year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS announced that they will launch their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named END OF THE ROAD. The initial announcement was made a month ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent which sent the internet into overdrive with fans hoping their city would get one final KISS show. The band announced today the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. International markets were also announced simultaneously today. Tour itinerary detailed below; KISS will be offering VIP experiences and special KISS Army fan presales.

KISS Meet & Greet Experiences will be available beginning Tuesday, October 30th at 10am local time through kissonline.com. KISS Army fan club presales will begin Wednesday October 31st  at 10 am local time also through www.kissonline.com. Citi is the official presale credit card for the End of the Road World Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Wednesday, October 31 at 12:00pm local time until Thursday, November 1 at 10:00pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets to the general public will go on sale starting Friday, November 2 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable,” said KISS.

‘END OF THE ROAD’ TOUR ITINERARY

Date City Venue
January 31, 2019 Vancouver, BC, Canada Rogers Arena
February 1, 2019 Portland, OR Moda Center
February 2, 2019 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
February 4, 2019 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
February 7, 2019 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
February 8, 2019 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
February 9, 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
February 12, 2019 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
February 13, 2019 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
February 15, 2019 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
February 16, 2019 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
February 19, 2019 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
February 20, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
February 22, 2019 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
February 23, 2019 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
February 26, 2019 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
February 27, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 1, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
March 2, 2019 Chicago, IL United Center
March 4, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
March 6, 2019 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
March 7, 2019 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Omaha
March 9, 2019 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
March 10, 2019 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
March 12, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
March 13, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
March 16, 2019 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
March 17, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
March 19, 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada Bell Centre
March 20, 2019 Toronto, ON, Canada Scotiabank Arena
March 22, 2019 Long Island, NY NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum
March 23, 2019 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 26, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 27, 2019 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
March 29, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 30, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
April 2, 2019 Quebec City, QC, Canada Videotron Centre
April 3, 2019 Ottawa, ON, Canada Canadian Tire Centre
April 6, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
April 7, 2019 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
April 9, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 11, 2019 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
April 12, 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 13, 2019 Birmingham, AL BJCC

 

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Legends KISS Announce ‘End of The Road World Tour’

Rock ‘N’ Roll Legends KISS Announce ‘End of The Road World Tour’

All good things must come to an end… After an epic and storied 45 year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS announced exclusively on NBC’s America’s Got Talent tonight that they are hanging up their 9-inch tall touring boots. The news was delivered in trademark larger-than-life KISS style with a blistering performance of “Detroit Rock City”, proving why the band is known as one of the most iconic live performances that simply can’t be missed. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have toured to nearly every city on the planet and played every venue imaginable.  Having played for Kings & Queens, for U.S. veterans, and for millions of devoted KISS Army fans, they will play their final shows as part of the multi-year END OF THE ROAD WORLD TOUR.  Dates have yet to be announced but KISSonline.com will have all the updates in the weeks to come.

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable,” said KISS.

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KISS To Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Iconic Solo Albums With A Limited-Edition 4LP Vinyl Box Set

KISS To Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Iconic Solo Albums With A Limited-Edition 4LP Vinyl Box Set

Forty years ago today, each one the four founding members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss — released their respective solo albums all on the same day to much fanfare, chart success, and platinum sales. And now, four decades later, all four of these pioneering albums are celebrated in KISS: The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collectiona limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that’s earmarked for release on October 19.

Preorders commence today, September 18, for the limited run of 2,500 vinyl box sets, available exclusively through KISS’s artist webstore (https://www.shopkissonline.com) and The Sound of Vinyl (https://SOV.lnk.to/KISSSoloAlbumsText). Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art; Gene Simmons appears in red vinyl, Paul Stanley sports purple vinyl, Ace Frehley contains blue vinyl, and Peter Criss is in green vinyl. All four albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the four artists’ faces surrounding a silver-foil print of the infamous KISS logo.

Also included in this set are four 12-by-12-inch posters of each album cover, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat that shows all four of artist Eraldo Carugati’s iconic, painted album-cover face images all connected together.

All four of these solo albums served to showcase the wide range of talents of each KISS bandmember.Gene Simmons, co-produced by Simmons and Sean Delaney, features the band’s bassist and co-lead vocalist switching over mainly to acoustic and electric guitar duties for songs that highlight his penchant for Beatlesque melodies, funk, and hard rock. Highlights include a remake of “See You In Your Dreams” (initially found on KISS’ 1976 benchmark album, Rock And Roll Over) and a cover of the 1940 Disney classic from Pinocchio, “When You Wish Upon A Star.” Guest musicians include Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Bob Seger, Cher, Donna Summer, and Katey Sagal.

Meanwhile, Paul Stanley was co-produced by Stanley and Jeff Glixman and it showcases all-original material and stellar work across the board from the KISS lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, in addition to lead and acoustic guitar work from longtime KISS axe associate Bob Kulick. The super-catchy track “Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We’re Apart)” reached No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

Ace Frehley, produced by Eddie Kramer and Frehley, finds the lead guitarist doing what he does best. Frehley’s foot-stomping cover of “New York Groove,” originally a 1975 hit by the British glam band Hello, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Guest musicians include Anton Fig on drums (a sometimes KISS session musician who later became a member of Frehley’s Comet) and bassist Will Lee, both of whom went on to become core members of both of David Letterman’s late-night talk-show house bands led by keyboardist Paul Shaffer.

Finally, Peter Criss was produced by Vini Poncia, a onetime Ringo Starr co-writer who later produced a pair of key KISS albums, 1979’s Dynasty and 1980’s Unmasked. Most of the songs on Peter Criss had been written back in 1971 for the drummer/vocalist’s aptly named pre-KISS band, Lips. The album also boasts a rousing cover of Bobby Lewis’s No. 1 1961 hit single, “Tossin’ And Turnin’,” a song that KISS often wound up playing live during their 1979 Dynasty Tour.

Preorder KISS: The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection here: https://SOV.lnk.to/KISSSoloAlbumsText

KISS – KISS SOLO ALBUMS  [4LP 180g vinyl]

GENE SIMMONS

SIDE A
1.            Radioactive
2.            Burning Up With Fever
3.            See You Tonite
4.            Tunnel Of Love
5.            True Confessions
SIDE B
6.            Living In Sin
7.            Always Near You/Nowhere To Hide
8.            Man Of 1,000 Faces
9.            Mr. Make Believe
10.          See You In Your Dreams
11.          When You Wish Upon A Star

 

PAUL STANLEY
SIDE A
1.            Tonight You Belong To Me
2.            Move On
3.            Ain’t Quite Right
4.            Wouldn’t You Like To Know Me
5.            Take Me Away (Together As One)
SIDE B
6.            It’s Alright
7.            Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We’re Apart)
8.            Love In Chains
9.            Goodbye
ACE FREHLEY
SIDE A
1.            Rip It Out
2.            Speedin’ Back To My Baby
3.            Snow Blind
4.            Ozone
5.            What’s On Your Mind?
SIDE B
6.            New York Groove
7.            I’m In Need Of Love
8.            Wiped-Out
9.            Fractured Mirror
PETER CRISS
SIDE A
1.            I’m Gonna Love You
2.            You Matter To Me
3.            Tossin’ And Turnin’
4.            Don’t You Let Me Down
5.            That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes
SIDE B
6.            Easy Thing
7.            Rock Me, Baby
8.            Kiss The Girl Goodbye
9.            Hooked On Rock ’N’ Roll
10.         I Can’t Stop The Rain

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Rock Mogul Gene Simmons Launches MoneyBag Premium Soda Line

Rock Mogul Gene Simmons Launches MoneyBag Premium Soda Line

Gene Simmons

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of KISS, Gene Simmons

Living the American dream, Gene Simmons, serial entrepreneur, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of KISS, America’s Number One Gold Record Award-Winning Group of all time (RIAA), announced today that he has launched a premium soda line called MoneyBag™ Sodas this month in cooperation with Niagara Falls, New York-based Rock Steady Sodas Inc. (a subsidiary of Johnnie Ryan Bottling Company).

According to Paul Janik, Jr., President of Rock Steady Sodas, the new line of premium sodas are made with all-natural flavors, colors and sweeteners and are packaged in eco-friendly glass bottles adorned with beautifully detailed painted labels.

“Paul and John have an impeccable work ethic, as well as a prowess in the premium soft drink marketplace,” said Simmons. “The incredible flavor profiles they created and collectible packaging will be a crowd pleaser. I am very proud of MoneyBag Sodas and excited about my foray into the soda business.”

The MoneyBag Sodas line initially includes a cola, diet cola, root beer and ginger ale.  Additional flavors are in the works, along with a line of premium fountain sodas.

Among the retail outlets that are carrying or plan to carry MoneyBag Sodas are 7-Eleven stores, Wegmans, Tops Friendly Markets, and Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop kicking off in the North East and Los Angeles markets and expanding nationwide. 7-Eleven Stores will also exclusively carry a MoneyBag Sodas Cream Soda flavor.

Gene Simmons' MoneyBag Soda

The collaboration between Simmons and Rock Steady Soda Partners Paul Janik, Jr, John Janik and Chris Haick, began with a chance meeting at Cleveland’s “Wizard World” convention. The long time super KISS fans were in attendance with the hope of meeting their rock Idol Gene Simmons, who was a featured guest at the convention. Armed with their vintage posters ready for Simmons’ autograph, John and Paul struck up a soda-centric conversation with the music legend. Simmons asked for their card and they thought that was that. About a week later, Paul received a call from Simmons, who said he owned the trademark for the MoneyBag image and would be interested in having Rock Steady Sodas create a MoneyBag premium soda line.

“We never dreamed it would be possible to work with someone we have idolized for decades. Gene is the ultimate entrepreneur and a very engaged business partner,” said Paul Janik. “We are honored to have had the opportunity to develop such a rock star-worthy product for soda lovers to enjoy and fans to collect.”

MoneyBag Sodas is positioned in the specialty soda category. Others in their competitive set have had difficulty converting sales due to taste and lack of mass appeal. Rock Steady believes MoneyBag Sodas’ quality, all-natural ingredients give them a smooth and pleasant taste with no harsh finish, sets them apart from others in their competitive set.

Packaged in authentic glass soda bottles with beautifully detailed painted labels, MoneyBag Sodas are bundled in vintage-style 4-packs with custom crowns, setting the product apart from similar items in the category.

MoneyBag Sodas are manufactured in Niagara Falls, New York by Rock Steady Sodas, Inc. a subsidiary of Johnnie Ryan Bottling Company, at a single location. The sodas have been dubbed the champagne of sodas.

About Rock Steady Sodas
Rock Steady Sodas, a subsidiary of Johnnie Ryan Bottling Company, was founded 1935,
 in Niagara Falls, New York. Their soft drinks are made of the finest extracts and flavorings available, and sweetened with 100% pure cane sugar. Products are packaged in a classic glass bottle to preserve freshness, great taste and carbonation. No expense is spared in the manufacturing of their products.

For information about MoneyBag Sodas, visit GeneSimmonsMoneyBag.com. For more information about Gene Simmons visit www.genesimmons.com, Twitter: @genesimmons, Instagram: @genesimmons, Facebook: @officialgenesimmons

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Gene Simmons’ ’27: The Legend & Mythology Of The 27 Club’ To Receive October Release!

Gene Simmons’ ’27: The Legend & Mythology Of The 27 Club’ To Receive October Release!

27: THE LEGEND AND MYTHOLOGY OF THE 27 CLUB, the inaugural release of the new SIMMONS BOOKS series, is Simmons’ witty, insightful, and no-BS take on the myth, and the actual people, that make up the “27 club”—the ground-breaking musicians, artists, and celebrities who died at the age of twenty-seven, frozen in the collective consciousness at the zenith of their creative output.

The summer of 1969 was a momentous one in modern history. It was a season punctuated with change. Apollo 11 landed on the moon, thousands of young fans flocked to rock ‘n’ roll festivals like Woodstock and the controversial Altamont Freeway concert, the Manson Family cult were on a high-profile killing spree, and the first uprisings that would become the Stonewall Riots began. It was an electric summer of violent endings, new beginnings, and social unrest.

It was also the summer that a myth was born–beginning with the tragic, untimely death of Rolling Stones founder, Brian Jones. The world soon lost two more huge music stars: Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Not only did losing these three beacons of music culture seem to signal the end of a musical era, it also felt like a foreboding sign; they had all died at exactly the same age. All three had lost their lives at the pinnacle of their creative output, and all three were exactly 27 years old.

People have speculated that there could be a dastardly lineage, from the poisoning of blues pioneer Robert Johnson in 1938, through these icons of the 60s, and more recently to rebel chanteuse Amy Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning in 2011. Could it be a twisted fate that the world’s very best creative souls come to early, often violent, deaths at just 27 years old? Over time, this idea began to be known as, “the 27 club,” and it has persisted in the public imagination.

In 27: The Legend & Mythology Of The 27 Club, rock ‘n’ roll icon Gene Simmons takes a deep dive into the life stories of these legendary figures, without giving credence to the romanticized idea that being in the “club” is somehow a perverse privilege. Simmons wills us to acknowledge the extraordinary lives, not the sensational deaths, of the musicians and artists who left an indelible mark on the world.

About The Author:
Gene Simmons is the co-founder of KISS–America’s #1 Gold Record Award Winning Group Of All Time, In All Categories (RIAA), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees since 2014, and 45 years strong as one of rock’s most influential bands. With KISS, Simmons has recorded 44 albums and sold over 100 million records worldwide, and the band continues to sell out stadium tours today. Simmons is also a bestselling author, boasting New York Times bestsellers Me, Inc. and On Power among others, and has founded a number of hugely successful businesses, including the restaurant chain Rock & Brews.  

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Ace Frehley’s ‘Anomaly’ To Be Reissued As ‘Anomaly Deluxe’ On August 25th

Ace Frehley’s ‘Anomaly’ To Be Reissued As ‘Anomaly Deluxe’ On August 25th

Founding KISS guitarist, solo artist, and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has premiered an all new bonus track titled “Hard For Me”. The track will appear on a reissue of his 2009 album Anomaly re-released as Anomaly Deluxe coming out on September 8, 2017 via Entertainment One Music.

“I think this new edition of the album is great – a special treat for the fans,” says Frehley. “And, with the bonus tracks, they’ll get a little more insight into how the album came together.”

Among the new tracks are two previously unreleased demos: “Hard for Me,” which was later reworked into the album’s “Foxy and Free,” and an early take of “Pain in The Neck,” different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included is the previously digital-only Anomaly bonus track “The Return of Space Bear.”

Anomaly Deluxe will also feature enhanced album art, a new live poster, and extensive liner notes by rock writer and Ace Frehley historian, Ron Albanese (including track by track commentary by Frehley). Pre order options can be seen below.

In late 2016 the company entered into an extended agreement with Frehley to release two more studio albums.

Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions at eOne Ken Gullic says, “We’re absolutely thrilled to have an artist of Ace’s stature on our roster, and to re-release this album on eOne. The Anomaly Deluxe edition completes the trifecta of his comeback trilogy, alongside his first Top 10 album, Space Invader, as well as Origins Vol.1. Ace will follow this with two more studio albums.”

At the time of its release, ‘Anomaly’ lived up to its name. “There was a lot of pressure on me, because I hadn’t done an album in 20 years,” explains Frehley. “I wasn’t sure it wasn’t going to be well-received. Luckily, it was!” The record debuted at #27 on the U.S. Billboard chart.

Between live shows in the United States, Frehley is writing for his next album, and reveals that sessions have included working with Gene Simmons for an expected 2018 release.

“I am writing for my next studio album,” he begins, “Gene came over my house to write – it went fantastic. In a matter of three hours, he and I came up with two new songs for my (next) record. I’m thrilled.” The occasion was momentous for another reason: “it was the first time I have worked with him while I was sober,” he reveals, “and it was a pleasure.”

‘Anomaly Deluxe’ Tracklisting:
1. Foxy & Free
2. Outer Space
3. Pain In The Neck
4. Fox On The Run
5. Genghis Khan
6. Too Many Faces
7. Change The World
8. Space Bear (Extended)
9. A Little Below The Angels
10. Sister
11. It’s A Great Life
12. Fractured Quantum
13. Hard For Me (Bonus)
14. Pain In The Neck (Bonus – Slower Version)
15. The Return of Space Bear (Bonus)

In September Frehley and his band will return to Australia and New Zealand for a series of dates with Alice Cooper.

“I have not been to Australia in a while,” he begins, “Alice and I have been friends since the ’70s, and playing with him is going to be bigger and better.”

Speaking of playing, there is a rumor that a certain song will be performed on the tour by Frehley, one that goes back to being a fan favorite Down Under when he first toured there with KISS in 1980. The original “Spaceman” sets the record straight.

“I gotta do ‘Talk to Me’ – for Australia, I’ll do it!”

Upcoming 2017 Dates

US
Jul 20, 2017 – Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
Jul 21, 2017 – Melbourne, FL, King Center of the Performing Arts
Jul 22, 2017 – Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live (Co-headlining with RATT)
Aug 19, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV, Psycho Fest, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Sep 16, 2017 – New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Australia and New Zealand 2017 Dates with Alice Cooper
For ticket info, visit AliceCooper.com

Australia
Oct 17, 2017 – Perth, Arena
Oct 19, 2017 – Adelaide, The Barton Theatre
Oct 20, 2017 – Melbourne, Margaret Court Arena
Oct 21, 2017 – Sydney, Hordern Pavillion
Oct 23, 2017 – Canberra, AIS Arena
Oct 24, 2017 – Newcastle, Entertainment Centre
Oct 25, 2017 – Brisbane, Convention Centre

New Zealand
Oct 27, 2017 – Auckland, The Trusts Arena
Oct 28, 2017 – Wellington, TSB Bank Arena

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KISS Announces 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour

KISS Announces 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour

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America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time KISS, has announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and will visit 36+ cities nationwide with more markets being announced soon. The long-awaited & highly anticipated “Freedom To Rock” Tour will kick off on July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday April 15th for all concert dates (The Grand Rapids, MI and Youngstown, OH shows go on sale Monday April 18th). A KISS ARMY Fan Club Exclusive Presale will begin April 12th.

The KISS “Freedom To Rock” Tour will bring epic rock to 25+ cities it hasn’t been to in over 10+ years and four brand new cities as well. KISS specifically wanted to take the “Freedom To Rock” Tour to its fans in markets that haven’t had the chance to see them in some time or ever at all. This 36+ city tour will rock those markets and allow fans across the country to see America’s favorite rock band of all time, KISS.

Opening for KISS will be Recording Artist Caleb Johnson (American Idol Season 13 winner) for shows July 7 – August 10 while the All-Star rock band THE DEAD DAISIES will open for KISS for shows August 10 – September 10. The “Freedom To Rock” Tour is produced by: National Shows 2 (nationalshows2.com), Frank Productions (frankproductions.com), and CMoore Live (cmoorelive.com).

Freedom To Rock Tour Dates:

Jul. 07 – Boise, Idaho @ Taco Bell Arena
Jul. 09 – Eugene, Ore. @ Matthew Knight Arena
Jul. 10 – Kennewick, Wash. @ Toyota Center
Jul. 15 – Spokane, Wash. @ Spokane Arena
Jul. 16 – Bozeman, Mont. @ Breeden Fieldhouse
Jul. 18 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ World Arena
Jul. 20 – Independence, Mo. @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Jul. 22 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jul. 23 – Springfield, Mo. @ JQH Arena
Jul. 25 – Wichita, Kan. @ Intrust Bank Arena
Jul. 27 – Sioux City, Iowa @ Tyson Events Center
Jul. 29 – Cheyenne, Wyo. @ Cheyenne Frontier Days
Jul. 30 – Minot, N.D. @ North Dakota State Fair
Aug. 01 – Mankato, Minn. @ Verizon Wireless Center
Aug. 03 – Duluth, Minn. @ Amsoil Arena
Aug. 05 – Moline, Ill. @ iWireless Arena
Aug. 06 – La Crosse, Wis. @ La Crosse Center
Aug. 08 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
Aug. 10 – Green Bay, Wis. @ Resch Center
Aug. 12 – Fort Wayne, Ind. @ Allen County Memorial Coliseum
Aug. 13 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Van Andel Arena
Aug. 15 – Saginaw, Mich. @ Dow Event Center
Aug. 17 – Springfield, Ill. @ Illinois State Fair
Aug. 20 – Rockford, Ill. @ BMO Harris Bank Center
Aug. 22 – Dayton, Ohio @ Nutter Center
Aug. 24 – Toledo, Ohio @ Huntington Center
Aug. 26 – Youngstown, Ohio @ Covelli Centre
Aug. 27 – Erie, Pa. @ Erie Insurance Arena
Aug. 29 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Blue Cross Arena
Aug. 30 – State College, Pa. @ Bryce Jordan Center
Sep. 01 – Allentown, Pa. @ Great Allentown Fair
Sep. 03 – Worcester, Mass. @ DCU Center
Sep. 04 – Portland, Maine @ Cross Insurance Arena
Sep. 07 – Bridgeport, Ct. @ Webster Bank Arena
Sep. 09 – Richmond, Va. @ Richmond Coliseum
Sep. 10 – Huntington, W.V. @ Big Sandy Arena

 

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TIME CAPSULE: Lita Ford On Bringing Her New Throwback Album To The Masses!

TIME CAPSULE: Lita Ford On Bringing Her New Throwback Album To The Masses!

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With four decades in the music game, it seems the long-reigning Queen of Metal, Lita Ford, is just getting warmed up! Hot on the heels of her recently released memoir, “Living Like A Runaway,” she is ready to rock the masses once again with a new album! “Time Capsule,” which will be released April 15th, 2016 via SPV/Steamhammer, is a unique record. For this throwback, Ford opened the vault to reveal a collection of powerful, never before heard songs. The album features Ford paired with some of the most identifiable voices and brilliant players from the decade of decadence, jamming without planning or pressure. The album’s highlights include Billy Sheehan playing bass and Rodger Carter on drums; Dave Navarro playing a mandolin; Jeff Scott Soto singing a duet with Ford; Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick singing backing vocals; and KISS’ Gene Simmons ripping the bass. “Time Capsule” is a work of art that turns back the clock to a time when rock music was handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ford to discuss the origins of “Time Capsule,” the challenges involved in bringing it to the masses, her recently released autobiography and what the future holds for her as an artist!

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Lita Ford

For a lot of people your work is one of their first memories of music. What are some of your first musical memories?

Oh boy! Some of my first memories are listening to The Monkees. I think that was my first real favorite album. They were so cute, The Monkees, and they had great songs! Their records were such great fun and I always thought Davy Jones was so cute! I also listened to The Who’s “Who’s Next?” That is the one where they are all pissing on that concrete thing! It was The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Grand Funk and anything that had a hook or a riff I would listen to and then try to figure it out on guitar. I really started listening to guitar when I was very young. I was probably around 10 years old when I first picked up a guitar.

I imagine you didn’t realize at the time how far the guitar would take you.

Well, I had a dream! I wanted to follow that dream, so whether or not it would come true or not, I didn’t know for sure but I did have a dream and a vision! Playing guitar was something in my nature and something I call a gift from God. It was something I was able to do and I was a child prodigy on guitar. I didn’t know that at the time and it didn’t dawn on me. Looking back now, I really can say I was a child prodigy. People would come over from all around the neighborhood and sit in my living room, where I would give them their own personal little concert!

That is awesome! You have come a long way from those early years. It is only fitting we discuss your new album, “Time Capsule.” What can you tell us about it and what made now the time to release it?

It was something I had on my shelf, literally, in my closet. I had been saving it. I don’t know what for but I just knew it was something that was going to come out one day. There are so many great people on this record and the songs are amazing! It is really a double whammy on this record! It has a lot to offer the fans and it is also a little bit of a treat because it was recorded in the ‘80s. It is literally a time capsule of rock ‘n’ roll history! The people who are on it make it that way and it was an absolute honor to be able to work with these people. They are amazing musicians and it was an absolute honor to work with Gene Simmons, Robin Zander, Jeff Scott Soto, Dave Navarro and Billy Sheehan. When you work with musicians of that caliber, you have to be up to par yourself. You have to deliver the goods as well and can’t be the one who is lacking! Working with people like that definitely keeps you on your toes! Ya know, people really miss the ‘80s and the fun times they used to have and the music. There are also people out there who were too young at the time and didn’t get to live through the ‘80s. This album is something I wanted to put out as a gift to the fans and to the kids who didn’t get to live through the ‘80s!

Lita Ford's 'Time Capsule'

Lita Ford’s ‘Time Capsule’

Every album has its own unique set of challenges. I am sure putting this one together wasn’t as simple as grabbing the tapes from your closet. What were the biggest hurdles?

One of the biggest challenges was I had to go get the tapes. My ex-husband had the tapes. We were going through a divorce and I wanted the tapes. He had changed the locks on the house and put a security guard on the house in case I showed up! This is my house and I had lived in it for almost 10 years! All I wanted were my tapes. I wasn’t going to steal the couch, the stove or anything like that! It was really stupid. I just grabbed my music tapes and that was it! I took them back to Florida and put them in safe keeping where I could use them for the future. This was back in 2010 or 2011. I knew I was going to use the tapes down the road because they were so good!

Is there anything still hiding out on those tapes that we might hear in the future?

I think I picked the best of the best off of the tapes and put it all together in Lita Ford’s “Time Capsule.” That is why I never forgot about the tapes. They were something that were just priceless. I knew eventually I would use them but I just didn’t know when. It seems like now is a good time to put them out!

The album features cool artwork and brings a retro feel. How did that come about?

The artwork was done by Gene Kirkland. In the ‘80s, Gene photographed me to death! He has all of these amazing images which we used in the booklet. We made a stack of stuff for the album cover of all the old pictures, a lot of which came from the drummer who played on the sessions, along with Gene’s photos. Throw in a can of Aqua Net hairspray, a bottle of Jack Daniels and a hash pipe and it is the ‘80s all over again!

It definitely captures the spirit of the time! [laughs]

Yeah! Along with the musicians who played on the record.

Lita Ford's autobiography, 'Living Like A Runaway' is not to be missed.

Lita Ford’s autobiography, ‘Living Like A Runaway’ is not to be missed.

“Time Capsule” is a perfect compliment to the book you just released, “Living Like A Runaway.” Putting your life down on paper seems like a monumental task. How difficult was it to get the ball rolling?

It really was a challenge to get it rolling! I couldn’t find the right author for the project. They just weren’t capturing my voicing. I don’t know if it was because I am pretty much one of a kind and because of that they weren’t getting it. There are plenty of guys who have done what I have done but when you read the book, it is not coming from a guy. You can tell it is written from a female standpoint or point of view. It has a lot of different aspects of approaching the music world, whereas a guy wouldn’t write these things. So, I think some of the co-writers I was trying to work with just weren’t getting it for that reason. I am just guessing but maybe they couldn’t digest the fact I am a woman. I did it myself and I am glad I did because I got what I wanted out of this book in a way that I don’t think anyone else could have put it together. It is not a very big book but there is so much that happened in such a small period of time. Even in The Runaways days, by the time I was 18, and it says this in the book, I felt as if I had lived an entire lifetime. We did so much in The Runaways and had so many ups, downs and hurdles we had to jump. It was a lot!

Lita Ford

Lita Ford

There were some instances where I wasn’t sure what happened first. Did I date Tony Iommi or Nikki Sixx first? I had to dig and make sure everything was in chronological order and make sure the dates were right. It was a difficult process because a lot of the old memorabilia that I had was not given back to me in my divorce. I lost all of my memorabilia. I didn’t lose it, it was stolen by my ex. He even took my mother’s baby pictures. He took anything and everything that meant anything to me, so I had none of my personal belongings to go through, look at and try to remember which picture was which and where it came from. I had a lot of great stuff! I had pictures of Sid and Nancy and other stuff that can never be replaced. It is all gone. I was able to go back to some of my friends and relatives, who I had sent pictures to, and they still had stuff I had given them years before. I was able to use their photographs and memorable moments of being with Lita to flesh it out. For instance, my drummer Dusty Watson, who’s on the “Out For Blood” album cover, is someone I hung out with a lot. Getting his takes and my old bass players takes, we were able to slowly piece together the entire book.

One of the things I love about the book is it feels honest and uncensored.

I didn’t want to get cold feet halfway through the book and say, “I am not going to talk about that because it’s gross, disgusting or I am too scared.” When the book did come out, I wasn’t sure how people were going to react. Of course, “The New York Post” just went ahead and pulls all the sex out of the book and put it up completely out of context, making me out to be, “She screwed this guy, this guy and this guy.” If you actually read the book there is an actual story around it. I knew they were going to do that. I didn’t know who would do that but I knew somebody was going to do that! Sure enough, there it was on “The New York Post.” If you read anybody else’s autobiography that is in a rock band like Nikki Sixx or anyone else coming from a hard rock standpoint, their sex stories way exceed mine, along with the things they did to women. Those guys way exceed anything I did that was crazy! A woman does it and she is called names but if a guy does it is OK. So, it made me a little nervous at first but now I am really happy I did it.

Are you comfortable with playing the part of a role model for those who might look up to you?

Heck yeah! Somebody’s got to be the queen!

Where do you see yourself headed in the future when it comes to music?

I am going to write another album. I am in the process of doing that now. It is a slow process because we are so busy right now. I have a lot of great, brand new songs that are ready to go but I just need to finish the album. I need a few more songs and we should have another new album out for 2017.

The Unstoppable Lita Ford

The Unstoppable Lita Ford

What can you tell us about your songwriting process these days? Is there a method to the madness?

I feel the song. I feel it out and if it doesn’t feel right or doesn’t sound right, I will change the part as I am writing the song, whether it is the chorus, pre-chorus or somewhere you want to put a lead guitar part or harmony guitar part, I write it as we are writing the song. Then, when you come to record the song, I don’t like to do too many demos. I think doing too many demos makes the song sterile. This is just my opinion and just how I like to record. It is almost like having sex for the first time with someone you really love. It is amazing. The more and more and more you do it, that first initial impact you had seems to wear off. You want to keep that initial wow in your music. The more you record it and mess with it, it seems like you lose that. I like to keep it spontaneous and keep that first vibe and feel of the song true.

Lita Ford

Lita Ford

You have an incredible drive, even after experiencing the ups and downs of your epic career in the music industry. What is the secret to your longevity?

I think it is in your blood. You either have it or your don’t. If you have it in your blood, there is no way you can refuse the music. Even if you try, you will always come back to it. I read a quote somewhere that said something along the lines of, “If you have it in your blood, it will always be a part of you. There is no escaping it.” That quote is right on the money! Like I said, I look at it as a gift from God.

I am sure you learned many lessons along the way. What is the best piece of advice you can offer to young musicians?

I have hung out with some pretty amazing people along the way and learned from them. If you are a guitar player or a musician, there is always stuff to learn. It is neverending! There are always little bits and pieces you can learn from somebody else. Always try and take that and apply it to yourself. By doing that you will always keep growing!

That’s terrific advice! Thank you for your time today, Lita! We look forward to talking with you again soon! Until then, stay out of trouble!

[laughs] Do I have to?!

Nah! Your secrets are safe with me, Lita!

OK, thanks! [laughs]

For the latest news and tour dates, visit Lita Ford’s official website at www.litafordonline.com. Connect with her on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

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Lita Ford Debuts “Rotten to the Core” Single From Upcoming Album, ‘Time Capsule’

Lita Ford Debuts “Rotten to the Core” Single From Upcoming Album, ‘Time Capsule’

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LITA FORD is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on SPV/Steamhammer on April 15, 2016. Thevery special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a “throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album`s highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).

Lita Ford's 'Time Capsule'

Lita Ford’s ‘Time Capsule’

Today LITA debuts the first single from Time Capsule entitled “Rotten to the Core”.  Check out an exclusive interview with LITA and stream the song courtesy of Noisey HERE.  The song features Gene Simmons on Bass, Rodger Carter on Drums and additional guitars are supplied by Bruce Kulik.

Time Capsule contains ten songs plus an intro and will be available as a digipak as well as an LP version and download. It`s Ford`s gift to fans who love the ´80s, when thrilling vocal performances, raunchy riffs, and loud, growling guitars were as essential as oxygen.  Time Capsule is available for pre-order HERE.

In support of Time Capsule, LITA FORD will take to the road with her all-star band for a string of headline dates and special shows in February in March.  Following those dates, LITA will join up with Halestorm providing direct support on their North American tour.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

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3/5: Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre (With Ace Frehley)
3/6: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl (With Ace Frehley)
3/18: Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon Concert Club
3/19: Toledo, OH @ Savage Arena (With Brett Michaels, Ratt, Warrant, Firehouse, LA Guns and Trixter
 
LITA FORD W/Halestorm:
4/1: Reading, PA @ Reading Eagle Theatre in the Santander Arena
4/2: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/5: Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
4/6: Lexington, KY @ Singletary Center
4/7: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
4/9: Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
4/11: Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
4/12: Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
4/13: Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
4/15: Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Center
4/16: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4/19: Huntsville, AL @ Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
4/20: Spartanburg, SC @ Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
4/21: Johnson City, TN @ Freedom Hall Civic Center
4/24: Ladson, SC @ 98 Rock Fest

For More Info Visit:
http://www.litafordonline.com/
https://www.facebook.com/litaofficial/
http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062270641/living-like-a-runaway
http://www.pledgemusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/

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